As a Flagstaff native and longtime student of our community’s history, I have researched and written about many of the early-day individuals who helped to create our vibrant Mountain Town. Besides the names of prominent pioneers and families of the past, another name often appears in our contemporary civic life – Bryan Bates. Bryan has contributed his time and energy to countless organizations and issues, building our community one step at a time, quietly and without a lot of fanfare.
While teaching science on the Navajo Nation for 10 years, Bryan took the Hogan concept and then designed and built a two-story, solar-powered, resource-recycling octagon that received the first Coconino County Sustainable Building Award. Bryan consistently participated in the Sustainable Building tours for years thereafter.
When Coconino Community College was proposed in 1988, Bryan collected signatures to get 1) CCC on the ballot and 2) financing for the college. As CCC outgrew the 4th Street campus, Bryan generated support for the Lone Tree campus. While teaching science there, he witnessed veterans struggling and began the Veterans Scholarship. Noting students who failed for non-academic reasons, he began the “Re-Boot” scholarship that covers half a student’s tuition to retake a course. His leadership at CCC has been extensive and led to his Emeritus Award upon his retirement.
Bryan’s ability to work with diverse populations, to recognize the central problem of difficult issues, and devise a plan that best resolves the concern leads me to endorse him for County Supervisor District 4. Learn more about him at www.bryanbates4coconino.com . And remember, he is coming out of retirement to continue serving our community.